Welcoming a new baby to your family is an exciting time. If both parents will continue to work after the baby is born, you will be faced with the challenge of finding an infant care option that is safe, developmentally appropriate for the child, and fits within your budget. Trusting someone to take care of your baby is a huge leap of faith and trust.
Here are some infant care options available to you:
- Home Care – With this option, a relative or a nanny comes to your home to care for your baby. One major advantage of this infant care option is that your child gets a one-on-one care in a familiar environment. If the care is given by a relative it is usually very affordable compared to a nanny. You may also decide to host a nanny-share. In this case, a nanny takes care or your baby and another infant at your house. This helps to reduce your family’s cost for the nanny.
- Family day care - This is also referred to as home center. It is a popular program especially for parents with very young children. A caregiver may look after 2-6 children of different ages in her house with the help of another adult. This infant care option offers your infant care in a home setting that just isn’t your house. A good family daycare will also have written policies so everyone understands and follows the rules. Home daycares should be licensed.
- Day care center - This is a more professional operation. Day care centers must be licensed and meet various government regulations and safety standards. Day care centers have professional staffs and they accept infants as young as six weeks old. There are many benefits in using day care centers. For instance, these programs are well staffed and they have curriculums aimed at fostering self-confidence, developing motor and social skill and bolstering intellectual development.
In order to access the best care option for convenience and development of your child in terms of confidence, respect and independence, make an appointment today to schedule a tour with Montessori Children's Center in Fremont.